NC 42 West closed in Clayton after car severs power pole

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Speed was a factor in the crash, police said.
Speed was a factor in the crash, police said.

CLAYTON, North Carolina (WTVD) -- NC 42 West is closed near Johnston Health Clayton medical center after a car crossed the center line, ran off the roadway and struck a power pole Tuesday night.

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The power pole was severed. The driver escaped injury.

Duke Energy is on the way to replace the pole, said a Clayton Police spokesperson. It may be hours, if not all night before 42 West can be re-opened.

Duke Energy will need to shut off power at some point to the area to make the repair, the spokesperson said.

Traffic is being re-routed onto Springbrook. Motorists are asked to avoid the area if possible.

The driver of the 2006 Mustang, identified as a 24-year-old woman, was not injured.

Police said speed appears to be a factor in the crash. Police said alcohol was not a factor.

Charges are pending against the driver.